My New Solar RV

My New Solar RV

My new Winnebago View RV (I just bought it this year) is an amazing machine and a home on the road! Best of all are the solar PV panels on the roof! With 300 Watts charging all day, there is really no need for an electrical hookup, which means I can be much more selective when it comes to finding a nice spot to take it camping. Of course, the 3,000 Watt off-grid inverter helps to deliver me all the AC power I need, and a cleanly installed solar...

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Tips for Harvesting Figs

Tips for Harvesting Figs

Ah…figs…the fruit of the Gods. I look forward to every late August with gusto and dream of ripe, juicy figs the rest of the year! We have 7 Brown Turkey Fig trees, 2 Black Mission Trees, and 2 Kadotas with the white/pink flesh. There is an art to picking figs that must be adhered to if you are to fully enjoy their magic. The trick is picking them when they are totally ripe but just before they ferment. I watch our trees and their...

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Sir Cob-A-Lot and Our New Cob Cabin AirBnB

Sir Cob-A-Lot and Our New Cob Cabin AirBnB

I met Sir Cobalot, aka Miguel Elliott, nee Michael Elliott, many years ago when he helped build the cob bench and walls on our Hops Tipi at the Solar Living Center. The Hops tipi is a gorgeous structure 30 feet in diameter with a rock in the middle that was found in Jackpot, Nevada. It weighs 6 tons and when lifted, an arrowhead was found underneath. How it got there will remain one of the great mysteries of the universe. Miguel reconnected...

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Reveling in the September Garden Harvest

Reveling in the September Garden Harvest

Glorious September! This time of year our garden is so fecund that we can eat most meals directly out of our garden with only limited trips to the store. We planted 15 tomatoes, all heirloom varieties and mostly my favorite Cherokee Purple. We planted about 8 cantaloupes and a few honeydew melons. I discovered this year the cantaloupes just fall off the stem when they’re done – no need to figure out elaborate systems to know when...

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The Joys of Summertime Electric Vehicle Charging

The Joys of Summertime Electric Vehicle Charging

One of my favorite things about summer is that I can charge my Tesla S-90 off of my home solar system and not deplete my energy. In the Winter, and even in late Fall and early Spring, there just isn’t enough power to charge my car given the amount of sun and the amount of hydroelectric power I generate from my home system. I have a set of Hup Solar One Yuasa deep-cycle solar batteries (48V x 3300 amp-hours) and I try to keep them no lower...

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